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Marcelo's experience, character, knowledge and passion for birding makes this a fantastic opportunity to see a variety of species in their natural enviroment without having to arrange anything yourselves.
Mindo, known for its coffee and chocolate production, sits just off the main road between Quito and Esmeraldas. On this chocolate-centric tour, get a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate-making process from bean to bar at a small-batch factory. Taste fresh fruit straight from a cocoa tree and finish with a tasting of several varieties of chocolate.
Boasting a huge diversity of birdlife, the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve draws ornithologists worldwide. It’s also a popular destination for anyone wishing to escape the busy streets of Quito. With a private guide to help you set the itinerary, you can visit a butterfly farm, trek to waterfalls, go river tubing, and taste locally made chocolate and coffee. Transport is made easy with private hotel pickup in a 4WD vehicle.
This full-day tour of the Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito, Ecuador is designed to combine nature and adventure in one of the most biodiverse regions on earth. Explore the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve looking for birds in the wild and at hummingbird feeders in Mindo town. Choose a zipline adventure (extra cost) or a jungle hike to a waterfall, then relax with lunch and more birds or butterflies.
A brief cable car ride through the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve not only lets you admire the rain forest canopy up close, but also cuts down on the hike to the popular Nambillo Waterfall. Each open-air car holds up to six people, giving the option of taking the short trip with your group.
Experience some of Mindo's top attractions with this flexible attractions pass, which makes for a great trip planner when purchased in advance. Options include (choose four out of five): Mindo canopy zipline, waterfall sanctuary via cable car, butterfly garden, Yumbo chocolate factory tour, or a bike rental. Explore at your own pace and complete all activities in a single day or over the course of six months.
Surrounded by forested mountains and just two hours away from Quito, Mindo offers a variety of activities for all interests and tastes. You will start the day with a hike in the Mindo Nambillo Reserve. This is a transitional sub-tropical rainforest where two of the most biologically diverse ecoregions in the world meet: the Chocó lowlands and the Western Tropical Andes. Three rivers (Mindo, Saloya and Cinto) and hundreds of streams irrigate the landscape. The Nambillo Waterfall Sanctuary is one of the main attractions and invite you to test the refreshing waters of the river. Time permitting, once you are done exploring the forest interior, you can choose from several additional activities: Canopy Zip Line Park, Tubbing, Butterfly Farm or the Artisanal Chocolate Factory. These options are available under request, you can pay for the cost of the activity of your choise directly the day of the tour. Talk to you guide about your interest and he will customize the tour accordingly.
Discover the ancient traditions and flavors of cacao during a 3-hour tour in Mindo. After a tour of an artisanal chocolate factory, sit down for a traditional Ecuadorian dinner served with beer and wine. Afterwards, prepare and enjoy a cacao drink, which was honed by the Mayans and Aztecs thousands of years ago. Listen to a live drumming performance as you roast, shell, and grind the beans.
Mindo Ziplines Tour offers you an incredible experience to observe the cloud forest and the treetops from the air, suitable for the whole family.
3600 meters in 10 different cables, with all the necessary safety equipment; cable with double line, petzel equipment, track pulleys, helmets, gloves, carabiners and 100% trained guides.
The flight is combined by the cables with small walks between the points of arrival and departure. During which we can observe the diversity of existing flora and fauna, they can also perform pirouettes at no extra cost such as “bat”, “Mariposa” or “superman”.
Adrenaline is guaranteed.
While in Mindo, a visit to the Butterfly Garden is a must-do experience. Located at the site of Hosteria Mariposas de Mindo, the interactive butterfly sanctuary offers visitors a unique look at the four stages of a butterfly’s life. This admission ticket includes access to the exhibition area where you can observe the feeding of two dozen butterfly species and observe more than 1,000 butterflies at once.
Mindo is a beautiful town known for its ecotourism and its wide variety of birds. The number of species rivals North America and Europe all together and that is why it’s a haven for Ornithologists worldwide. It is located within the Mindo-Nambillo protected Forest. Its warm climate is ideal. Among its main attractions you can find waterfalls, clouded forests, butterfly farms, river rafting, trekking, and adventure sports.
In Mindo you can also enjoy mountains, fishing sites and it is the perfect area for do such activities as: tubbing, regattas, canopying, horseback rides, Orchid Farms, bicycle and motorcycle rides and you can also enjoy a Frog “concert”
The best time to visit Mindo is between May and December, as the weather is a little bit drier.
This ziplinging tour in the Mindo Cloud Forest is a steal. One entrance ticket grants you access to a total of ten zipline cables ranging from 65 feet (20 meters) to 1,300 feet (400 meters), all of which criss-cross over the stunning cloud forest environment. This family-friendly activity includes a safety guide, instructions, and equipment, and it's suitable children ages six and up.
Experience Mindo by bike on a fun and affordable self-guided adventure. Explore at your own pace with an all-day bicycle rental with helmet included. Travel through Mindo’s scenic cloud forests on an environmentally-friendly bicycle and choose an invigorating workout cycling uphill to our enchanting waterfalls or take a well-deserved and refreshing swim in their pools.
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